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Astrophiz 38: Richard Stephenson ‘Talking with Spacecraft’ & Dr Ian Musgrave’s ‘What’s Up Doc’

13 Jul 2017, 03:42 UTC
Astrophiz 38: Richard Stephenson ‘Talking with Spacecraft’ & Dr Ian Musgrave’s ‘What’s Up Doc’
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Our feature interview is with Richard Stephenson, who is the Operations Supervisor at the Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla and he explains the technologies he uses to have up to 100 spacecraft contacts each week, and how he and his counterparts in Goldstone/Mojave and Madrid work in shifts around the clock to maintain two-way communications with 27 missions, including Cassini, Juno, New Horizons and the distant Voyager probes.
[Follow @nascom1 and @CanberraDSN on Twitter]

In our regular astrophotography and observations segment, Dr Ian ‘Astroblog’ Musgrave tells us what to look for in the night sky and reports on continuing ideal viewing conditions for Saturn and Mercury. In ‘Ian’s Tangent’ he tells us about different types of occultations and how they can be used to tell us the position, size and shape of asteroids.
[Follow @ianfmusgrave on Twitter]

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